The Savior’s Sermon (Part 2)
Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.Matthew 6:1–4
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As a teacher, you’re likely accustomed to scrubbing tables, repeating yourself countless times, and taking care of sick and injured children (or cleaning up after them). Cafeteria duty, recess duty, and informing students on the necessity of good personal hygiene are also common aspects of the daily lives of teachers. Some days, you act simultaneously as the teacher, parent, nurse, and counselor of your classroom.
Teaching is not always the most glamorous career the world has ever known. Instead, much of it is uncomfortable, behind-the-scenes work that leaves teachers exhausted and in constant need of coffee and stain removers. Apart from your students, nobody really sees this work. In fact, even your students don’t see all of the effort that goes into a school week.
And this is just how God would have it.
In Matthew 6:1–4, Jesus teaches that our giving to the needy should not be boasted about or done so that others may see them. Rather, they should be done “in secret.” Matthew 6:3–4 says, “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” As you give your time, energy, and love to these students, remember that you are doing some very important work, whether or not that work is seen by others.
Peter teaches us that we are to use our gifts to serve one another as stewards of God’s grace. He says that whoever serves should serve “by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 4:11). The work we do as teachers is not done so that we would be glorified but so that God would be glorified. Through it, our students grow in strength and knowledge and learn more about the God who has created and redeemed them.
Maybe your vocation as teacher is not exceedingly glamorous, and others may not see all of the hours you put in. However, God does see it. Jesus says that our heavenly Father sees all that we do. Every bandage, every RtI report, and every loving word of encouragement is seen by your Father in heaven. He is faithful, to the point that He gave His only Son for you, so that you may have the reward of eternal life with Him. Because Christ has loved and served us to the fullest sense, we can love and serve others, knowing that even the most seemingly insignificant labor (yes, even recess duty) is not in vain.
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